A bear sleeping safely in her den, Kohkom telling a story by the fire, the trees crackling with cold—we are all connected to the seasons and the cycle of nature. The calming rhythm of the words echoes the rhythm of the land in this timeless picture book about the moon calendar of the northern Cree, and its warmly rendered watercolour illustrations bring Saskatchewan’s north to life. When the Trees Crackle with Cold is written in English and the northern Plains Cree y-dialect, inviting Cree and non-Cree speakers alike to explore the traditional moon calendar.
This title has also been published in ebook format with supplementary audio recordings in Cree (y-dialect, th-dialect, and n-dialect). It has also been published in soft cover in the y-dialect and th-dialect.
Bernice Johnson-Laxdal, author
Bernice Johnson-Laxdal is a Cree language and culture teacher with over twenty years of teaching experience. Bernice enjoys cooking, going on canoe trips in summer and cross-country skiing in winter. Originally from Ile-a-la-Crosse, Saskatchewan, she now lives at Potato Lake and teaches in La Ronge.
Miriam Körner, author
Miriam Körner is a writer, illustrator and arts educator. Miriam enjoys spending time with her sled dogs along the old trapline trails, talking to Elders about the times when they still had dogs, and writing for children and young adults about her northern adventures. Originally from Germany, she now lives at Potato Lake, Saskatchewan, just down the road from Bernice.
Miriam Körner, illustrator
- This delightful and informative picture book is aimed for children, but other age groups will find its content very rewarding as well. When the Trees Crackle with Cold: A Cree Calendar: Pîsimwasinahikan is a glimpse at northern life through its moon calendar, particularly the Cree language and culture. This book will also make the reader “think” about nature, moons, and calendars that affect his/her world., something often taken for granted in western culture. "When the Trees Crackle with Cold: A Cree Calendar": Pîsimwasinahikan resonates the importance of one’s connection to nature and maybe even the lack of understanding of its value. - Carmelita Cechetto-Shea, Resource Links
- Winner, 2018 Children’s Literature Award
- Winner, 2017 Gold Moonbeam Award
Rights Holder: Your Nickel's Worth Publishing
rights available: World
age range: 6 - 9
number of pages: 32
publication date: 11/18/2016
Original language of pub: English/Northern Plains Cree (y-dialect)
Materials Available: finished book
Additional Materials: This title has also been published in ebook format with supplementary audio recordings in Cree (y-dialect, th-dialect, and n-dialect). It has also been published in soft cover in the y-dialect and th-dialect.